The Tutorial Workers Union of Secondary College (ASUSS), has counseled the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productiveness, for lastly granting recognition to the commerce union regardless of the alleged virulent deregistration plot in opposition to it by rival unions.
ASUSS additionally saluted the Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria, for proving the judiciary, the final hope of the frequent man, by upholding its enchantment in a judgment delivered on fifteenth January 2021, the place it held that ASUSS’ registration didn’t contravene the commerce union statutes.
This was contained in a press release titled: ‘A woeful Cry; Agony of a loser’ signed by ASUSS Nationwide Secretary, Com Sola Adigun and made obtainable to journalists, in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday.
Adigun, who doubles because the ASUSS’ chairman in Ekiti, upbraided the nationwide management of the Nigeria Union of Academics (NUT) for misinterpreting the result of the judgment to mislead the general public.
ASUSS stated: “Nevertheless, it’s expedient for us to debunk the falsehoods that have been being projected by NUT on the Supreme Courtroom judgment of fifteenth January 2021, which remains to be rattling the management of the NUT and over which they’ve rigorously inundated the general public with completely different deceptive interpretations.
“It’s an undeniable fact that the Supreme Courtroom judgment of fifteenth January 2021 was in favour of ASUSS, because it units apart and nullified the Courtroom of Attraction judgment of July 11, 2014.
“We hereby state categorically, that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment or any court docket of competent jurisdiction has not cancelled the approval of ASUSS as a commerce union”.
Tracing the battle for the institution of ASUSS, Omaji clarified that the physique was conceptualised in 2001 by progressive-minded academics beneath the aegis of Convention of Secondary College Tutors(COSST) consequent to the failure of NUT to serve the curiosity of secondary faculty academics.
“Subsequently, on thirteenth August 2005 software for registration as commerce union was made to the Registrar of Commerce Union. However on the fifth October 2007, the registrar refused to grant our registration predicating on sections 5(4) and three(2) of the Commerce Union Act. In pursuant to sections 5(5b) & 6(3), we appealed to the minister on the twenty fifth February 2008 and he accredited ASUSS as a commerce union on the nineteenth Might 2008”.
Adigun debunked the allegation raised by NUT that the union was being majorly bankrolled by ‘governors’ that aren’t paying academics’ salaries as and when due.
“The institution of ASUSS, which was legally justifiable as identified above, was a value-added to the schooling sector relatively than being perceived as a risk. Within the tertiary schooling sector, all ranges have their Unions, within the well being sector, there are over 12 Unions and heaven has not fallen.
“Those that see ASUSS as a risk and utilizing poor academics’ assets to parley authorities officers and institute multi-million naira litigations in opposition to their sister unions are these negotiating with the lives and welfare of academics for his or her selfishness”.